How to Start Knowledge for Family Child Care

 

Articles and other resources on the business of family child care – for new providers.

Here are a variety of articles and resources that can broader your understanding of the business of family child care. Begin with Getting Started in the Business of Family Child Care. Next, connect with the four key organizations identified in The First Four Organizations You Should Contact as a Family Child Care Provider. The last two articles identify key business and tax tips for the new provider.

Questions & Answers

Frequently asked questions and answers about starting your business.
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The Business of Family Child Care: Tips for the New Provider

Key record keeping, tax, legal, and insurance issues to address as you start out.
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The First Four Organizations You Should Contact as a Family Child Care Provider

Child care licensing, Child Care Resource & Referral agency, Food Program, and family child care association.
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Getting Started in the Business of Family Child Care

This 16-page booklet summarizes the key business tips in five areas: marketing, contracts, record keeping, reducing risks, and money management.
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Seven Record Keeping and Tax Tips for the New Provider

Among the tips suggested are to save all receipts associated with your home and conduct a household inventory of everything you owned before you went into business that will be used in your business.
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Publications for New Providers

The Business of Family Child Care

This 25 minute DVD featuring Tom Copeland highlights the important business rules for new providers.

Caring for Children in Your Home

This booklet summaries the basic record keeping and tax rules for running a business out of your home and explains the tax consequences of operating as an illegal provider, as a provider who is exempt from state regulations, and as a licensed provider. The booklet also explains the benefits of licensing.

Family Child Care Business Planning Guide
This short book by Tom Copeland describes how to establish a start-up plan and a business plan for new providers.

From Babysitter to Business Owner: Getting the Most Out of Your Home Child Care Business

This book by Patricia Dischler offers practical strategies for implementing business practices in your business – selecting new clients, developing a parent handbook, creating work spaces, and more.

The Inside Scoop: Tips from a Child Care Professional
This book by Chamayne N. Green, an experienced family child care provider, contains many tips to start a successful family child care business – scheduling daily activities, safety issues, creating learning environments, and more.

 

Disclaimer: Materials and links provided by First Children’s Finance on this website do not constitute legal, accounting, tax or finance advice or professional services. Readers seeking professional advice about specific aspects of their business should consult a member of our staff or other qualified professional.